Posts Tagged ‘endorsements’

Horrible SPUR Organization Supports the Billion Dollar “Prop A 2014,” But How Did “Prop A 2007″ Work Out?

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Work with me here, people.

Here’s what SPUR, San Francisco Planning and Urban Renewal, promised for Prop A 2007

“…the strengthening of the MTA’s independence, the included labor reforms, the infusion of cash and the mandate to address global warming all make this a very important reform of the Municipal Transportation Agency and a positive step toward the improvement of Muni service. SPUR recommends a “Yes” vote on Prop. A.

But here’s how things worked out IRL:

Muni’s mismanagement of Prop. A may hurt future funding tries by Will Reisman

Where the SFMTA’s Prop. A money has gone by Will Reisman

Now here we are in 2014. Here’s what SPUR, those horrible people behind Redevelopment, is saying about Prop A 2014:

“The city has done the hard work to gather stakeholders, assess needs and prioritize transportation expenditures.”

So, handing a blank check to the SFMTA for it to waste has something to do with “hard work?”

Really?

Hey SPUR, what about Prop A 2007? Weren’t you all wrong, so very wrong, about that?

So why would you expect Prop A 2014 to work out any better?

Well, It Looks Like We Have Some Actual Campaigning for District Five Supervisor: Julian Davis Has the Mo

Monday, August 27th, 2012

This crowd looks to be the first to gather for any candidate in the D5 race:

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Why don’t you get in on the fun? Here’s the drill:

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Ooh, now let’s check in with weak-willed “Progressive” Christina Olague. Here’s her campaign.

I’ll tell you, if you like Ed Lee’s neo stop-and-frisk policy for the SFPD, then you should vote for Christina Olague, cause, you know, she worked hard to ensure that voters would choose Ed Lee over Supervisor John Avalos in the last mayoral election.

Oh, and here’s her most recent vote of no confidence. Per Samson Wong of AsianWeek:

“EMPRESS HAS NO CLOTHES: Some overconfidence in District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague’s campaign before last week’s August 15 SF Democratic Party county committee endorsement vote. Only days before, Bill Barnes, veteran campaign manager, government staffer and former District 5 candidate himself, came in to corral votes for the supervisor representing Japantown, Haight-Ashbury and Western Addition. One strategic error made – assuming an inflated head count that Olague would snag the important SF Democratic Party endorsement. In reality, no consensus had developed for Olague and her rivals - London Breed of the African American Arts and Culture Complex, Julian Davis of the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center or College Board member John Rizzo. The outcome – a public embarrassment for Olague, the Mayor Ed Lee appointee…”

Or London Breed, that’s the other choice for Ed Lee fans in D5, believe it or not. (She has the support of Republican billionaire Ron Conway, so that’s your big fat clue regarding how she rolls.)

Choose or lose, D5.

PWNED! Interim District Five Supervisor Christina Olague Gets NO ENDORSEMENT From Democratic Party

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Wow. A supposed “leader” of the Run Ed Run Draft Ed Lee for Mayor movement, a person who was rewarded with a Supervisor position for selling out her progressive values, just got a big fat vote of NO CONFIDENCE last night, courtesy of the Democratic Party of San Francisco.

Kind of like this: 

Ah, let’s meet some of the candidates for D5 Supe. So we have, from left to right, Thoughtful, Thoughtful, OMG I’M SO PISSED OFF WHAT GIVES THESE, THESE PEOPLE THE RIGHT TO QUESTION ME, Thoughtful, and Thoughtful:

Photo by Luke Thomas of Fog City Journal

Let’s check in with the reaction from another candidate, one who is accumulating endorsements the past few weeks instead of, you know, losing them:

I just spoke w/ Julian Davis and he is THRILLED! Level playing field! RT @SFCitizen@mattdorsey No endorsement for District 5? HARSH!”

And here’s the rest of the official Dem Party endorsements from last night’s meeting

“SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 15, 2012) — The San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee tonight voted on the party’s endorsements for local candidates and propositions that will appear on the Nov. 6, 2012 Consolidated General Election ballot.  The governing board of San Francisco’s Democratic Party voted to endorse the following: 

  • Board of Supervisors, District 1: Eric Mar
  • Board of Supervisors, District 3: David Chiu
  • Board of Supervisors, District 5: No Endorsement
  • Board of Supervisors, District 7: F.X. Crowley (#1), and Norman Yee (#2)
  • Board of Supervisors, District 9: David Campos
  • Board of Supervisors, District 11: John Avalos
  • Board of Education (four seats): Sandra Fewer, Matt Haney, Rachel Norton and Jill Wynns
  • Community College Board (four seats): Natalie Berg, Chris Jackson, Rafael Mandelman, Steve Ngo
  • BART Director, District 7: Lynette Sweet
  • BART Director, District 9: Tom Radulovich
  • Yes on Proposition A (City College Parcel Tax, District Measure)
  • Yes on Proposition B (Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, Bond Measure)
  • Yes on Proposition C (Housing Trust Fund, Charter Amendment)
  • Yes on Proposition D (Consolidating Odd-Year Municipal Elections, Charter Amendment)
  • Yes on Proposition E (Gross Receipts Tax, Ordinance)
  • No on Proposition F (Water and Environment Plan, Ordinance)
  • Yes on Proposition G (Policy Opposing Corporate Personhood, Declaration of Policy)

Though comprehensive official minutes of the DCCC’s special meeting at California State Office Building’s Milton Marks Auditorium will be forthcoming, member and committee reports included several updates on: the upcoming fall campaign; the hiring of a new executive director; current party finances and fundraising plans, including an event centered on President Obama’s nomination acceptance speech; voter registration; the redesigned party website and expanded communications efforts; and amending practices to meet many standards codified in the Brown Act and S.F. Sunshine Ordinance.  The DCCC also voted on a vendor for its fall slate card program.  

Public comments included numerous speakers advocating individually and on their organizations’ behalf for local candidates and measures; a monthly update on Organizing for America; concerns that the California Democratic Party endorsed Proposition 35 without consideration to official opponents and concerns from the sex worker community.  Two speakers called on DCCC members to address themselves to community concerns that policies governing the Castro’s Rainbow Flag do not comport with Presidential proclamations and other exigencies that merit lowering the flag to half-mast when appropriate.  

The lone new business item was a resolution passed by a majority of DCCC members that condemned inflammatory and offensive anti-Muslim advertising on Muni vehicles, and called on city officials and MTA authorities to change policies to prohibit such hate speech in the future.

Members John Rizzo and Hene Kelly closed the meeting by memorializing the late Milton Marks III, a highly regarded Community College Board member and former DCCC colleague, who passed away Aug. 9 at the age of 52.  The meeting was adjourned in Marks’s honor.  

About the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee
San Francisco’s Democratic County Central Committee, or DCCC, is the governing body of the local Democratic Party as defined in California’s Government Code and Elections Code.  The DCCC is comprised of local Democrats elected by voters in each Assembly District, as well as partisan-level Democratic elected officials and nominees who serve as Ex-Officio Officers.  Current members elected from the 17th Assembly District are: John Avalos, David Campos, David Chiu, Malia Cohen, Petra DeJesus, Matt Dorsey, Bevan Dufty, Zoe Dunning, Leslie Katz, Rafael Mandelman, Carole Migden, Leah Pimentel, Alix Rosenthal, and Scott Wiener.  Members elected from the 19th Assembly District are: Kat Anderson, Kelly Dwyer, Bill Fazio, Tom Hsieh, Mary Jung, Hene Kelly, Meagan Levitan, Eric Mar, Trevor McNeil and Arlo Hale Smith.  Ex Officio members are: U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, Attorney General Kamala Harris, State Senators Mark Leno and Leland Yee, and Assemblymembers Tom Ammiano and Fiona Ma. 

Additional information is available online at: http://www.sfdemocrats.org/

Julian Davis Wins and Interim Supervisor Christina Olague Loses First Big District Five Debate Tonight – Meet the Candidates

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Debate season has come to District Five.

Oh, here they are. London, John and Daniel, anyway:

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(Does D5 really have the “best neighborhoods” of San Francisco? Mmmm…)

Oh look, lots of people were there with these signs, regarding the corrupt 8 Washington project.

But I think we’ll get a chance to vote on this issue next year so this isn’t really on the top of the agenda these days.

Here are the introductions:

Andrew Resignato - A “people-powered campaign.” Sort of looks like Ross Mirkarimi.

Daniel EverettOf Folk Law Radio

John Rizzo - He fixes problems, he has an engineering background.

London BreedShe was born in District Five.  She was born in District Five. She was born in District Five. One imagines she’s still turbo-pissed at Mayor Ed Lie for not appointing her earlier this year. She’s raised the most money and has the support of Kamala Harris and Willie Brown.

Christina OlaguePronounced “oh law gee” with a hard “g?” News to me. (Does she have a cold or is that her voice? Wow.)

“Hello. My name is, uh, Christina Olague. I’m Supervisor of this District. I was appointed in January. And I’m very thrilled and excited to be, uh, serving the community as the district Supervisor.”

And then later, more talk about how this inarticulate person is Supervisor.

And oh, here’s the big pitch for supporters, which I’ll tell you I didn’t see any:

“We need your presence!!! Please come out to hold up signs, wear your Tee Shirts and pass out literature. All the Candidates will be there. We want them to see strong support for Christina Olague. Got Questions? Call 415-724-0136 – Shelley B. Bell”

So, the Olague campaign wants the other candidates to see Olague has lots of support? OK fine, if that’s the way you want to do it.

Anyway, she’s a big fat SELLOUT and that’s why she got appointed over a moderate like London Breed.

And oh, she’s lying about that whole perjury issue with the Mayor and Ross Mirkarimi. Oh well.

Thea Selby - “I am super happy to be here…” Apparently, running for Supe is “hecka more fun” than you can imagine. And, apparently, everybody should consider running.

Julian Davis – “There are pro-development interests that are controlling the agenda of City Hall.”

This was the first attack against the Interim Supe during this forum.

“How do they get away with it? I’ll tell you – they get away with it by choosing your leaders for you. Over the past two years in San Francisco we have seen an appointed Mayor, an appointed District Attorney, an appointed Sheriff, and an appointed District Five Supervisor. Ask yourself is that’s participatory democracy the way we envisioned it? The answer is that it is not.” 

Hope Johnson –

“…if those people are really representing you or if they are merely selling out to the highest bidder. And as Supervisor, I would hope to continue to ensure that government acts in our best interests and try to curb the abuse of authority some of which you’ve heard Mr. Davis talk about just a few minutes ago.”

And there you have it.

[UPDATE: Well, surprise surprise, Christina Olague got an endorsement last night. See Comments.]

Here’s Why Tonight’s District Five Debate Doesn’t Matter – Oh, and Let’s Mention Run Ed Run, 8 Washington, Etc.

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

The reason why tonight’s D5 Democratic Club (warning: links to FB) debate doesn’t matter:

Christina Olague is going to win the election, that’s why.

The reason for that is because she’s already been appointed to the job.

The reason for that is because she sold out her “progressive” values in order to get appointed. Remember RUN ED RUN? That was Christina Olague.

And hey, remember that whole perjury thing involving, speak of the Devil, Mayor Ed Lie and Commissioner Debra Walker? Remember how one protagonist spoke clearly and freely at City Hall and the other panicked and ran away to hide like a stupid cow? That runner and hider was Christina Olague, who said she might have to recuse herself from the Ross Mirkarimi vote due to, due to what? Due to somebody saying something? I don’t get that.

Anywho, there are institutional reasons why it benefits all parties concerned to host/attend this shindig, so here it comes.

All the deets:

AUGUST 8 Meeting Reminder

Dear District 5 Democrat,

Don’t miss out. On Wednesday, August 8, we’ll be hosting the first debate for the District 5 candidates for Supervisor from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Park Branch Library in the Haight.

The D5 Dem Club will also be making our endorsement for Supervisor. All registered club members and Democrats who have attended at least one prior meeting in the past year will have an opportunity to vote for their top-3 preferred candidates at this important discussion.

The debate and endorsement meeting will be held at the Park Branch Library in the Haight, 1833 Page St. The debate will begin promptly at 6:30pm, but members will be able to cast their endorsement vote at any time during the meeting. Voting will end promptly at 8:30pm and votes will be tallied at that time.

All registered candidates have been invited to participate, and once again we want to thank all the members who have join our club and made introductions to our members.

The following candidates have already confirmed:

London Breed
Julian Davis
Daniel Everett
Hope Johnson
Christina Olague
Andrew Resignato
John Rizzo
Thea Selby

We hope to see you on Aug. 8 at the Park Branch Library!

If you have any questions about our Wednesday meeting, do not hesitate to email your club president Alex Doniach at board@d5dems.org.

We hope to see you next week!

Warm regards,
D5DC Board

Oh, and to spoil the surprise, Christina Olague will get endorsed. Kell surprise.

TTFN

Endorsements 2011: Dennis Herrera, Leland Yee, and John Avalos for Mayor – Ross Mirkarimi for Sheriff

Monday, November 7th, 2011

First up is Mayor:

Dennis Herrera

Leland Yee

John Avalos

Next up is Sheriff:

Ross Mirkarimi

Murtaugh hearts Mirkarimi: “We need to elect Ross Mirkarimi for Sheriff–there’s too much at stake not to…” – Danny Glover

Via Steve Rhodes – click to expand

And as for the propositions, no on all of them. That’s easy to remember.

Happy voting!

Scenes From the Bevan Dufty vs. Dennis Herrera Endorsement Battle at the Alice B Toklas Democratic Club

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Here’s what commuters saw the other day on their journeys home just past horrible Octavia Boulevard.

Herrera won the sign battle…

…but Bevan was working the crowd on site…

…so let’s call it a draw.

I still don’t know how this one ended up.

Bevan Dufty Says He’s Unbought and Unbossed: Refuses #2 Mayoral Endorsement from Alice B. Toklas PAC

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Now you’d think that the non-leading candidates for Mayor would be focused on going after Dear Leader, but that’s not necessarily the case all the time.

As here, where Bevan Dufty says he’s “Unbought and Unbossed,” so that means the the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club’s Political Action Committee can take their number #2 endorsement for Bevan and shove it, apparently.

Click on over to see if you can figure all this out.

This Monday, please help me reject the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club’s PAC recommendation that I be endorsed as the #2 candidate for Mayor. If you are a current or recent member of Alice, please join me Monday, September 12th at the LGBT Center from 5:30-8:00 p.m. to vote no on the PAC so that they change this recommendation. If you are not a member of Alice, please join me outside of the Center to show that a club with a 40-year history of advancing the LGBT community should not make me their second choice.”

To Be Continued…

District 5 Democratic Club Inaugural Fundraiser and Holiday Party at Cafe Divis Tonight, Featuring Ross Mirkarimi

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

The latest iteration of the District Five Democratic Club is having a big kick-off party tonight starting at 6:30 PM – won’t you join them?

(I’ll add that if you want to meet the next D5 Supervisor, then you should drop by as s/he is almost sure to be there.)

The D5 Dems meeting at Calvin Welcheseses’ place on Shrader last month:

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Now I say latest iteration because there have been other clubs with the same name back in the day. For example, D5 Dems was the original name of the City Democratic Club of San Francisco:

I remember the remnants of the losing campaign to re-elect Joe Freitas District Attorney, gathering in the apartment of Don Dissler to talk about how we could take the moderate centrist ideals and ambitions of our small political family (we always called it “The Family” back then) and channel them into some political action. Before the night was over we had created the District 5 Democratic Club”

And more recently, District Five Democratic Club was the name of a front group for Senator Carole Migden.

But that was then and this is now. So get all the deets below and after the jump:

“Greetings District 5 Democratic Club Members,

Join your fellow members of the District 5 Democratic Club (D5DC) at our inaugural fundraiser and Holiday Party, hosted by District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi!

EVENT ( Please RSVP here if you have a facebook account): http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=170704802950496

GROUP PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_127516990638218

(more…)

Alioto vs Alioto! Aunt Angela and Niece Michela at Odds Over District 2 Supervisor Endorsement

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Well, here’s the news. Former San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Angela Alioto has just endorsed Janet Reilly for District 2. See?

Now, the news from just four days ago was that Angela’s  niece, current District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, had endorsed candidate Mark Farrell.

So, I’d say that aunt and niece are at odds over this particular issue. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that…)

Today’s news means Janet Reilly now has more endorsements than Bill Clinton’s passport, in all probability…

Enjoy:

“Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier Endorses Mark Farrell for Supervisor

(San Francisco) –District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier today announced her endorsement of attorney, businessman and father, Mark Farrell to succeed her as District 2 Supervisor. 

“District 2 deserves an independent Supervisor with the experience and ability to represent our neighborhoods at City Hall.  The Board of Supervisors needs someone with common sense values who will stand up to the special interests and lead with honor and integrity” said Supervisor Alioto-Pier. 

Supervisor Alioto-Pier is supporting Farrell because she believes he is in the best person to continue her work at City Hall.  Supervisor Alioto-Pier has focused on creating jobs, protecting neighborhood character and defending public safety from dangerous budget cuts.

Supervisor Alioto-Pier’s endorsement builds on Farrell’s impressive in-district support.  Farrell has led all of his opponents in fundraising with over 750 individual donors – half of whom are within San Francisco and District 2. 

Mark Farrell, like Supervisor Alioto-Pier, is a native-born San Franciscan.  Both the Supervisor and Farrell were born and raised in the neighborhoods of District 2 and continue to raise their children here as well.  

As an attorney and partner in a small business venture capital firm focusing on the hospitality industry – an important part of the city’s economy- Farrell’s financial management and budgeting experience will be important to help solve the city’s structural budget deficit.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Supervisor Alioto-Pier,” said Farrell. “I am committed to continue the good work she has begun and will work to restore common sense, fiscal discipline and a neighborhood voice to City Hall.”